Especially in young years, snoring in children might lead to health impairments and to secondary diseases. The brain of children and juveniles is still developing. Due to breathing stops, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to developmental disorders. Is the nasal breathing impaired the sleeping quality will be diminished. Sleep fragmentation, restlessness and disturbance of sleep architecture are the consequences.
Therefore, regeneration of body, mind and soul is disturbed. Daytime sleepiness, irritability and concentration disturbances are the consequences. Under no circumstances, snoring in children should be regarded as being harmless. According to studies, regular snoring in children doubles the risk of developing learning difficulties.
Consequences of snoring in children
- Exhaustion: Due to lack of sleep, the children find it hard to concentrate. Often, increased daytime sleepiness occurs.
- Hyperactivity: Often, exhaustion is “compensated” with an aggressive attitude and hyperactivity.
- Learning difficulties: Due to the occurring concentration disturbances and the daytime sleepiness the scholastic achievements decrease.
- Susceptibility for infection: Healthy, restful sleep is important for strengthening the immune system. Lack of sleep increases the risk of falling ill with an infection.
- Health disturbances: Besides infections, other health disturbances might arise, too. High blood pressure, altered blood fat levels, insulin resistance, sharp under- or overweight as well as lung diseases. Furthermore, growth disturbances might arise.
So, finding out and treating nightly snoring early might prevent from learning and developmental disorders. Have you already tried inclined sleeping? Seek medical advice, when no improvements are noticeable resp. when noticing any abnormalities.